6 Facts About Toilets You Didn’t Know

Is World Toilet Day on your calendar?

In 2013, the United Nations declared Nov. 19 World Toilet Day to raise awareness of how sanitation, or lack of it, can impact people’s lives.

To get people thinking about sanitation on Nov. 19 and year-round, GlobalGiving has partnered with Factslides to present six facts you didn’t know about toilets:


1. Over the past 200 years, toilets have added 20 years to the human life span.

2. More than 2.4 billion people lack access to improved sanitation options such as toilets.

3. More people in the world have mobile phones than toilets.

4. For every $1 invested in water and sanitation, there is a $4.30 return in the form of reduced healthcare costs around the world.

5. Diarrheal disease is the second leading cause of death among children under five and is entirely preventable with access to proper sanitation and clean water.

6. Poor sanitation increases the risk for malnutrition and disease, especially for women and children.




See more World Toilet Day slideshow on Factslides!

Featured Photo: Provide a School With Fresh, Clean Water by Save the Children Federation

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